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No wonder more than 80 interested people attended the recent open house at 4134 Swarthmore in West U: The property is a stunner.
An option to buy is pending, so let's take a quick look at this sought-after home.
The two-story, red-brick traditional house in the Colonial Terrace neighborhood features mature trees and manicured lawn. A step inside quickly reveals just some of its charms: Refinished hardwood floors and custom molding and millwork complemented by a designer paint palette in varying neutrals. To the right sits a light-filled living room, and to the left, the dining room with butler's pantry easily accessible.
From the pantry or more graciously from the entry, the floor plan takes owners and guests to the completely renovated kitchen with granite counters, marble backsplash and stainless appliances. The island counter serves dual-purpose as a breakfast bar. Morning meals — or informal dinners — can be served in the cozy breakfast nook just off the kitchen.
The kitchen opens into a wonderfully appointed family den with gas fireplace in marble surround, ebony hardwoods and, possibly most enjoyable, a private bricked patio revealed by French doors.
Up the enclosed stairwell located just off the kitchen are the four bedrooms. The new owners can take in quiet treetop view through a picturesque custom window in the master bedroom. The master bath, with soaking tub and shower, showcases many updates: New flooring, granite counters, lighting, brushed nickel hardware and two walk-in closets.
Three other bedrooms rest on the second floor, one with an en suite bath and the other two sharing a Jack and Jill bath.
In addition to the lovely patio and beautiful front lawn, 4134 Swarthmore gives owners a gated driveway leading to a two-car detached garage. Within walking distance is Colonial Park Pool, where the new owners and children or grandchildren can spend outdoor time in the pool and on the rock wall and playground.
Square footage: 3,085
Asking price: $999,000